As we reflect on the Wilkes-Barre EEC event, which took place on October 14th, 2016, one thing comes to mind—humility. “The participants in Wilkes-Barre were exceptionally humble,” explains facilitator Kristal Murren, “they embraced the Experience with an understanding of the challenges that we face when mobilizing a huge system with many moving parts, and a willingness to do their part to move toward excellence. The prevailing attitude encouraged honest conversation, which led to substantial growth and understanding.”
After the opening, which highlights one consumer’s difficult and disjointed journey toward meaningful employment, the participants were brutally honest with themselves and each other. “They recognized that the system isn’t perfect YET!” Kristal explained.
The participants embraced the rest of the day with a mutual understanding—they need each other. No one organization can accomplish the task alone and no one organization has all of the solutions for every person; it must be a collaborative effort.
A humble beginning can spark abundant change. Participants who embrace EEC with humility will take much more away from the Experience than others. Providing employment for people with disabilities is “a journey to be walked together,” and those who recognize this before they walk through the doors of the Experience will reap far greater benefits than those who do not.